SC's fiscal year to start without a state budget

Updated: Jun. 9, 2015 at 9:20 AM EDT
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Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina will almost certainly start the fiscal year July 1 without a budget.

A six-member committee of House and Senate members concluded Monday that it's futile to try to get a compromise on the budget bill with two supplemental spending bills unresolved.

Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman says his top priority is passing a continuing resolution that will keep state government running at current levels until a budget package passes.

The House passed the resolution May 28. Leatherman is calling a Senate Finance Committee meeting Wednesday so that a floor vote is possible when legislators return next week for a special session.

A continuing resolution was last necessary in 2012 to bridge a one-week gap between the Legislature passing its plan and Gov. Nikki Haley issuing her vetoes.

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